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With its diverse mix of ecosystems contained on an isthmus linked on one side
to Warrandyte’s urban subdivisions and on the other to broader paddock and bushland corridors of the outer eastern Green Wedge, Osborne Peninsula is
able to host an unexpectedly diverse population of native animals.

As more households establish indigenous plantings and dedicated frog ponds near houses, many of these animals and reptiles venture in close. On warm days, residents might surprise a digging Echidna or browsing Swamp wallaby, or keep close watch on a slithering snake in their backyards.

Along the river, they’ll often see the fresh mining activities and scat deposited on high nodes or logs by the “bulldozers of the bush”, the wombats.

But it’s the night time when the atmosphere on the Peninsula really comes alive when several species of possum might thunder across rooves or leap about in the trees and when the nocturnal chorus of so many frog species tells us that dedicating so much effort to preserving and enhancing the creature comforts
of the natural habitat has been so very worthwhile. 


kangaroo in grass